The Seahawks are traveling to Detroit this Sunday to play the Lions, and while hopes have been dashed by poor outings in Weeks Two and Three, the Hawks have a chance to take advantage of an injured Lions roster.
The Seahawks are coming off a poor performance at home against the Falcons, and it’s quite clear that deficiencies in two areas are killing the team. The front seven of the Seahawks defense is inept at slowing down opposing running backs, and the Hawks haven’t been efficient in running the ball offensively.
Through three weeks, the Seahawks defense ranks 30th in the league in terms of rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 157 yards to rushing offense on average. The offense isn’t far ahead, as they rank 29th in rushing yards per game at just 74.7 yards per game. This isn’t typical of a Pete Carroll-led team on either side of the ball, but injuries to the Lions (and a lack thereof for Seattle) may help the Seahawks work back towards league average in both rushing defense and rushing offense.
Seahawks/Lions Injury Update
Justin Coleman, Cornerback: Justin Coleman, who had been rotating with Coby Bryant at the nickel corner position, is doubtful and will likely miss Sunday’s game. I expect Coby Bryant to be the full-time nickel cornerback and be on the field whenever Detroit runs three- or four-wide receiver sets.
Joey Blount, Safety: Blount, a reserve safety who was an afterthought before the Jamal Adams injury, is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Quandre Diggs and Josh Jones will be the Seahawks starting safeties, but if Blount is unable to suit up and one of the starters goes down, Ryan Neal will step in to fill the safety room.
John Cominsky, Defensive End: Cominsky has played on 39% of the Lions’ defensive snaps thus far in 2022, and while he’s no Aidan Hutchinson, he has been a decent rotational piece of the Lions front seven. He will miss the game, and the lack of Cominsky provides an opportunity for the Seahawks rushing game to attack the weak edge of the Lions defensive line.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Wide Receiver: St. Brown will also miss Sunday’s game, and his impact on the Lions offense this year can not be understated. He has racked up 253 yards and three touchdowns this season, accounting for over a third of Jared Goff’s passing yards and almost half of his touchdowns. No St. Brown means there will be much less pressure on the young Seahawks corners – Detroit’s lead receivers will be DJ Chark and Josh Reynolds (Chark and Reynolds are both questionable, but I expect both to be ready for Sunday).
D’Andre Swift, Running Back: Similarly to St. Brown, Swift has helped make the Lions offense tick early in the season. He has 231 yards on the ground (45% of the team’s rushing yards) and has the ability to punish defenses if he gets around the edge (like Cordarrelle Patterson did to the Seahawks last weekend). Swift is also missing this game, and while Jamaal Williams is a great backup running back, he’s not quite the weapon that Swift represents.
Jonah Jackson, Guard: Jackson has only played in one game this season, but he was the starter at the beginning of the season. The Seattle defensive line has so much room for improvement, and while Frank Ragnow will be active for this game, he was previously questionable and may not be full strength. The interior of the Seahawks defensive line (Poona Ford, Quinton Jefferson, Al Woods) needs to capitalize on this weakness.
Austin Seibert, Kicker: While it may seem like a minor piece to be missing, Austin Seibert will be absent and Dominik Eberle will fill in for him. In the Chiefs game against the Colts last Sunday, their backup kicker missed a crucial field goal and extra point. If the Seahawks game comes down to a three-point affair, Seattle will have the upper hand.
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